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The Latecomers Fan Club [Kindle Edition]

Diane V. Mulligan
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Book Description

A New Acclaimed Work of Contemporary Women's Fiction
from the author of Watch Me Disappear

What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? 

If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel.

Abby was first sucked in by Nathaniel's rock 'n roll swagger four years ago when a drunken fling turned into a series of drunken hook-ups that became something like a relationship. Now, as New Year's Eve promises a fresh start, she wants to believe he's finally going to grow up and take their relationship seriously.

What does Nathaniel hope the New Year will bring? An escape from the disappointing realities of his life. He's thirty-four years old and he's barely making ends meet as an adjunct philosophy professor, which was always only a backup plan anyway. Nathaniel's real goal was always to make his living as a musician, but his band, The Latecomers, broke up a couple of years ago, and he hasn't picked up his guitar in months. When he decides to spend the holiday with some high school friends instead of hanging out at the bar where Abby works, he gets the happy surprise of reuniting with his long-lost friend Maggie. Newly divorced, Maggie has just moved back to her mother's house to regroup.

Nathaniel and Maggie were supposed to be the ones who left Worcester forever to conquer the world. He was going to be a rock star. She was going to take the world of art by storm. He's never gotten farther than Boston, and her best efforts only left her broke and heartbroken. As they ring in the New Year together, Nathaniel decides it's time to take control of his life and to start making his dreams come true. He thinks the first step will be easy. All he needs to do is break up with Abby and finally admit his feelings for Maggie. But the New Year has more surprises in store, and nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Contemporary Women's Fiction Book Categories:
  • Women's Fiction Romance
  • Women Friendships
  • Fiction Pregnancy
  • Women's Fiction Domestic Life

Editorial Reviews


2014 IndieReader Discovery Award Winner for Chick Lit

"The life lessons learned here by the protagonist are all too real, thanks to the author's insistence on authentic characters and conversations. It's easy to personally identify with every character's situation, and hope that those positive lessons rub off on our lives." -- IndieReader

"Bostonians will particularly enjoy the novel's sprawling Massachusetts backdrop and its authentic assortment of bars, T stops and small-town details." --Kirkus Reviews

Reviewer Charlotte Foreman at says that this story of love and friendship is "a fantastic read." She writes, "Mulligan documents each feeling behind the characters' actions with such finesse, you're left wondering if the author felt every single emotion as she wrote."

From the Author

As an avid reader, I know it can be a gamble to pick up a book by an indie author, but I hope you'll give me the chance to entertain you with the tangled romances of Nathaniel Harte, a philosophy professor who can't think himself out of this love triangle. This time, he's going to have to take action! As a writer, I have given myself a simple mission. I write beach reads for smart women. When you pack your beach bag and load up your Kindle for your summer vacation, bring The Latecomers Fan Club along, and then drop me a line to tell me what you think! Happy Reading!

Product Details

  • File Size: 3044 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Diane V. Mulligan; 2 edition (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid characters, great read October 31, 2013
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and finished it in 48 hours - its that kind of book. Mulligan has a deep and nuanced understanding of how to write female characters that are truly unique, complicated, frustrating, and sympathetic all at once. Rather than crafting archetypal characters whose actions are ultimately predictable ("She's the Samantha! She's the Carrie!"), Mulligan allows her characters truly evolve - for better or for worse - in ways that seem far more realistic than most contemporary female characters. Her handling of Nathaniel (the core male in the text) is equally astute. This is a great book club read, as it will surely spark lots of discussion about modern women and the choices they make, both good and bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read February 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a challenging read that certainly makes you think about choices and how the affect our lives.

Truthfully, I didn’t really care for either party when I first started reading this story. Both seemed so self-absorbed and not into each other. Abby had become involved with Nathanial when she first met him at the bar where she was working. He played his guitar with his band. Abby was interested because of this, and so had been with him for years. She doesn’t really love him, and he doesn’t really love her, but still they stayed together.

Now, on New Year’s Eve, Abby is hoping that Nathanial is finally going to ask her to marry him. But Nathaniel is hoping that soon he can escape from his humdrum existence with someone he barely tolerates. Neither party is really happy with their lives. This seemed really sad to me. Nathanial is struggling financially as an adjunct professor, barely making a living. His original plan in life was to be a musician. But his band, The Latecomers, broke up and he hasn’t picked up his guitar in months.

He decides to go to a party with his old friends instead of hanging out with Abby, and while at the party, he sees his first love, Maggie, from his High school days. Spending time with her makes him realize that he is wasting his time with Abby and he decides to break up with Abby. Seems easy enough, but that’s when stuff starts getting very confused.

Things start to change for all three of them on New Year’s Eve. He is in one town, Abby is in another. This gives them both a chance to look long and hard at their relationship. It is much more involved than that, however, and it was at this point I found myself beginning to really get into the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars engaging storyline with complex characters January 31, 2014
The author reeled me in with her complex characters. The issues they went through are what many people experience in life, and she wrote it in an interesting, conflicted, and genuine way. Her writing wasn't overcrowded with too much writing junk, but a quick and easy read with realistic characters and great prose. She did a great job of engaging me as a reader so I forgot I was reading and felt I was experiencing the moment with the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I received an advance copy of this book from the author and enjoyed it so much that I sent a copy as a gift to a friend on the day the book came out. Ms. Mulligan's second novel is quite the departure from her debut novel, Watch Me Disappear. Watch Me Disappear was targeted toward young adults - though it certainly had broader appeal - and was character driven. If you didn't like the main character in Watch Me Disappear, there was a good chance you didn't like the book. The Latecomers Fan Club, however, is an adult novel that is story driven. The book alternates between the point of view of three main characters: Abby, Maggie, and Nathaniel. Each character's narrative both advances and enhances the storyline as the story moves at a rapid pace. To me, the quickened pace of this novel shows the growth of Ms. Mulligan as an author. There are no dull moments in this story and I had to make myself go to sleep the other night instead of finishing the book because I had to be to work early. Had it been a weekend, I would have continued turning the pages.

I found the strength of this book to be Ms. Mulligan's portrayal of the complexities of modern relationships. In particular, I thought the contrast between the relationship of Breanna and Pat (the traditional relationship in the novel) and the other relationships demonstrating how there is not one set path that all relationships must follow and that, regardless of path, one can find happiness. My biggest critiques are the dialogue, which during longer conversations was not quite as strong as the thoughts of the characters or the descriptions of the scenes, and the resolution of Nathaniel's story line. I refuse to play the spoiler and will let you judge the resolution for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Characters Deal with Love, Life, and Growing Up November 1, 2013
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“The Latecomers Fan Club” is a contemporary fiction novel about coming into your own, relationships, and the complicated way love often plays out. Told from alternating perspectives, the novel introduces us to Abby, Maggie, and Nathaniel, who are all trying to make lives for themselves in Boston. Nathaniel is a philosophy professor and a struggling musician (The Latecomers is the band he is in, hence part of the title); he’s involved with both Maggie and Abby, though neither knows that at first. Maggie is an artist, also struggling, and Abby works in a bar after dropping out of college. With Maggie, Nathaniel is who he wants to be; Abby brings out the worst in him, and yet he’s tied to her by circumstance. Both women want him deeply.

The way their relationships play out is entertaining, sometimes moving, and always interesting. The plot deals with their individual struggles, and the everyday human drama of their lives is very well done—their characters feel like real people, living real lives. There’s something to relate to in each of them (though I will admit there are long stretches of the book where I disliked Nathaniel intensely).

“The Latecomers Fan Club” reminded me a bit of books by authors like Anita Shreve or Jodi Picoult, where the human element is at the forefront and makes the book such a good read. Readers who enjoy those authors will enjoy this book as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Astronaut Icecream and Drunk Dialing"
"The Latecomers Fan Club" was an interesting listen. I like the way each character or the main characters had their own chapters. Abby, Maggie, AND Nathaniel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa
3.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Forgettable, but fun.
Light read. Three weeks later, I can only remember wanting to SHAKE all of the self-involved characters, especially Nathaniel, who was nowhere near the talented special snowflake... Read more
Published 2 months ago by elh
4.0 out of 5 stars The Latecomers' Fan Club
Not your run of the mill story about relationships. Fairly realistic. Everyone had a happy ending without any deus ex machine salvation. Enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Maggie Abernethy-Duffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down once I started! The ...
Could not put it down once I started! The characters are ao relatable and the relationships so complex. An absolute page turner.
Published 9 months ago by Kate Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Will appeal to a wide audience.
I am not the target audience of this book but I still found it enjoyable. Mulligan understands the complexities of human emotions and interaction and does a good job of keeping the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Owen Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Beach Read
Watch for great things to come from this young author. Diane V. Mulligan’s first novel—Watch Me Disappear— was a finalist for the Kindle Book Review, Best Indie Book Awards. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LDK
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossover Appeal
While at first, this book did not appear to be my typical genre for reading, I found that The Latecomers Fan Club has real crossover appeal. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Abdella
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoy this book and read it in two days. I will be looking for more of her books to read.
Published 12 months ago by happy camper
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
Very well written story with a happy mature heroine at the end. I was so irritated by the choices some of these people made but it was pretty realistic. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sighsandsmut
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute love story
Couldn't put this book down for long. Abby and Nathaniel are having a baby but he is not the type to settle down with one woman. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joanna Brown
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More About the Author

Diane's first novel, Watch Me Disappear, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards in the YA category in 2013. Her second novel, a work of contemporary adult fiction, The Latecomers Fan Club, was released in November 2013. It was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner.

Diane holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's degree in teaching from Simmons College. She's the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers' Conference . You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.

Diane does her own cover art. Images used with permission. For details about particular images, please visit the book pages on her blog.

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